Old-school Chicago skate-punks Much The Same are readying themselves to return to Europe at the beginning of August. These 90’s veterans are releasing their brand new album on 24 July: Everything Is Fine has flown off the shelves, along with the first vinyl pressing of their classic album Survive.
Much The Same are hitting the road with German shredders Straightline. The tour takes in Brakrock Ecofest (Belgium), Punk Rock Holiday (Slovenia) and Tells Bells (Germany), plus club shows in Prague, Hannover, Hamburg, Berlin, Naaldwijk and Cesena.
Much The Same formed in Chicago in 2003 and gained great success with their two albums Quitters Never Win and Survive. They disbanded in 2007 but returned in 2011 for a brief reunion, before a full return this year.
Everything Is Fine is an emotionally-charged new release that skate-punk fans will instantly fall in love with. Taking punk rock and weaving in poppy and melodic elements have created an instantly appealing banger of a record.
The album’s comes in the wake of guitarist Dan O’Gorman’s successful battle with cancer. The band started writing together at the height of his illness and they’re celebrating his survival with the tour. Everything Is Fine doesn’t overtly discuss the disease, but it’s a nod to some of their struggle and the other difficulties life throws at us.
This is a rare opportunity to catch this classic skate-punk act on stage in Europe; make sure you grab tickets to the shows as early as you can.
You can catch Rob Piper (Lockjaw’s head honcho) out on tour with them – there’s no doubt he’ll have a full Lockjaw distro with him, if you want to grab any records, tees or coffee beans.